DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Arnold Shorey, the assistant superintendent of RSU 19 in Newport, is switching titles and schools in July.
Shorey was selected unanimously from among 36 candidates from throughout the country to be the new head of school at Foxcroft Academy, effective July 1, 2010.
“It is an honor and a privilege for my family and me to become part of the Foxcroft Academy community,” Shorey said in a prepared press release issued by the academy.
At FA, Shorey will lead one of the nation’s oldest independent secondary schools, founded in 1823 as one of Maine’s original private town academies. The school today serves 440 day and boarding students from 16 Maine towns and nine foreign countries.
“The selection of the Head of School is one of the greatest responsibilities of trusteeship, and all of us in the Foxcroft Academy family can be proud not only that Arnold Shorey has accepted the appointment, but also that the scope of the search was so extensive and the qualities of the candidates so outstanding,” Peter Cully, president of the FA board of trustees, said in the prepared release.
Cully said he believed everyone who had participated in the candidate search was impressed by Shorey’s integrity, warmth, enthusiasm and dedication to education.
During his 21 years in education, Shirley served as principal of Nokomis Regional High School, assistant principal at Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, dean of students at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, a mathematics teacher and as an athletic coach.
Shorey plans to complete the Certificate of Advanced Study program in Education Leadership at the University of Maine in May 2010. He previously earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from UMaine.
Shorey was one of four candidates invited to visit the school and meet at length with the advisory committee consisting of students, faculty, parents and alumni, and with the search committee.
The seven-member search committee worked with consultants Deirdre Ling and James Bonney of Educators’ Collaborative.